Hi Everyone, I'm considering changing my career to becoming a financial planner. I would love to hear from people who have had a similar career change and any difficulties that I can expect. I know about the FINSIA/Kaplan etc qualifications I need and I actually enjoy study so gaining a qualification is not an impediment. I am 41 years old and have worked in the medical field since I finished university so I am pretty good at communicating difficult issues with people. Currently I earn about $90,000 pa and am not considering a change for the money, but as I have kids and a mortgage I would like to know if it is likely that I would be able to match my current income in the not too distant future. Because I am older and have debts, I can't really afford to have a lower income for too long before increasing my income to a similar level to what I earn now. I live on the North Coast of NSW and realise that my options are limited compared with those living in the cities. Does any one have experience of progressing to become a planner in regional areas? What is a likely career path and timeframe? I'd love some feedback so I can decide if a career change would be a realistic thing for me, or if I should just maintain my current job and invest as much money as I can and retire early.